All I could think on seeing the tweet and retweets, is “Thank God, I’m in the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.”
Then, as push back, an article from 1991 on this same individual now a bishop calling for reopening the translation also got posted on Twitter.
WASHINGTON — There was probably no real threat that children in Christmases yet to come would be trying to sing, “Away in a Feed Box.“
But for America`s Roman Catholic bishops, concluding their 42nd general meeting here Thursday, “feed box“ was one step over the line between making Scripture understandable to children and preserving the integrity of biblical language.
At least, “feed box“ is where the bishops drew the line as they accepted a new book of scriptural readings, a “lectionary for masses with children.“
Auxiliary Bishop Wilton Gregory of the Chicago Archdiocese introduced the lectionary. He is the chairman of the Committee on the Liturgy, which has been working on the project for eight years.
Much earlier, from the Book of Genesis, these changes were made.
Biblical: “the Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.“ New children`s version: “The Lord God took some earth and used it to make a man. God breathed into the man`s nose, and the man started breathing.`
` And, from the book of Matthew, Chapter 3, in which John the Baptist scolds the Pharisees and Sadducees:
Biblical: “. . . he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?“
New children`s: “. . . he said to them, “You bunch of snakes! Who warned you to run from the coming judgment?“
I’m afraid I burst out laughing at “You bunch of snakes!”
The biblical translations are bad enough compared with the poetry of the King James Version, but, yes, I know that is my hobby horse I love to ride.
Meanwhile, Author, Professor and translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy Tony Esolen, had some fun on Facebook updating the language of Shakespeare’s Hamlet:
The question is whether we should exist or not.
That is, is it a superior thing in your attitude to hold up under
The variety of blows that a run of very bad luck would rain down on you,
Or would it be better to mount opposition against them and bring them to a conclusion by taking your own life?
Death, maybe, is a form of sleep, a really deep sleep, so that we wouldn’t be feeling
Any negative emotions within us, and we would no longer have to put up with
The multiple things that people have to put up with, just on account of being human.
On the other hand, if we posit that death is a sleep, maybe we’ll be in the state of dreaming in that sleep,
And there’s something there that sort of rubs me the wrong way,
Because it’s not clear what kind of dreams those dreams might be
When we have finally chucked our skin and bones,
And so we had better stop and think about it.